For a true free agent fit at strong safety, or someone who could play that physical role demanded of Sorensen, then Kenny Vaccaro is likely the guy you want. Vaccaro is older himself and is beyond his prime seasons, but given how Sorensen looks like he’s hit the wall that every athlete does as they age, Vaccaro is still a likely improvement. Or at least that’s the assumption.
Just like Boston, Vaccaro has been a starting-caliber safety (for solid teams) for the last eight seasons. He’s started 42 games for the Tennessee Titans in the last three years and 67 more for the New Orleans Saints before that, with whom he first entered the league as a first-round pick out of Texas.
Unlike Boston, Vaccaro is tailor-made for a role as a box safety, although his limitations as an asset at all in coverage have been more noticeable in recent seasons. Still, if used correctly, he could be a boost against the run and he’s recently played under smart coaches like Mike Vrabel on playoff teams. That’s gotta count for something. (And if this is uninspiring, we told you so from the outset.)